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Philip Burton THOMPSON, Jr.

(1845-1909)

THOMPSON, Philip Burton, Jr., a Representative from Kentucky; born in Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Ky., October 15, 1845; attended the common schools and the University of Kentucky at Lexington; during the Civil War entered the Confederate Army at the age of sixteen and served throughout the war; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1866 and commenced practice in Harrodsburg; was city attorney of Harrodsburg 1867-1869; was appointed in 1869 and subsequently elected Commonwealth attorney for the thirteenth judicial district of Kentucky, serving until 1874; reelected in 1874 and served until 1878, when he resigned, having been elected to Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth, Forty-seventh, and Forty-eighth Congresses (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1885); chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of War (Forty-eighth Congress); delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1884; moved to New York City and resumed the practice of law; died in Washington, D.C., December 15, 1909; interment in Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Ky.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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